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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Alaskan Imperial IPA is a favorite of the Brew Crew and friends in Alaska, though they may remember it as "ALASKAN XTRATUF IPA." Rich in color and full in flavor, our Imperial IPA is packed with Pacific Northwest hops over a sturdy malt body and the dry warmth of an imperial strength IPA. First brewed as part of our Rough Draft Series, the Pilot Series release allows us to share this draft favorite of the 49th state on shelves and taps in the lower 48.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8508) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2011
This makes for a great conclusion to a long day. The bomber pours out a perfect copper with off white head. The modest aroma emits some citrus, some tropical fruit (more mango than citrus) and a sense of mango cotton candy. The taste offers up nice and rich tangelo and grapefruit citrus hop flavor to start and then it quickly pulls up firm mango notes as bitter citrus and tropical fruit like hop resin rise to the forefront. Behind the hops is a moderate level of slick malt sweetness that is out match by a pleasing level of hoppy goodness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #36. Clear golden orange pour with a nice sticky white head that left some nice lacing. Citrus aroma, grapefruit comes to mind, juicy and kinda sweet. Nice bitterness, sweet caramel maltiness decent balance. (1613)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), moderately hoppy (apricot, grapefruit, resin), with notes of dried papaya, candy/sugar, gum, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Not terribly "imperial" in either nose or mouth, but there are some pleasant candied fruit notes instead of just being a dumb hop bomb. Kinda watery and uneventful in the mouth, but again...thankfully not over the top. Overall a rather ineffective beer, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - APR 11, 2011
Kind of a goofy label but the beer itself is good. Sawdusty aroma is nice and strong. Sharp hop hit at the start with help from the carbonation. Pours a dark orange color. Hops stick at the back of the tongue. Barely noticeable alcohol hit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2011
(22oz bottle). Pours hazy copper color with 1 finger off-white head. Active carbonation. Aroma has pine, grapefruit, and papaya. Taste is sweet malt with hop bitterness. Medium bodied with an oily texture although the head adds a creamy element. The head still remains and the lacing is really more of a coating on the glass. I didnt have much expectation considering their regular IPA (which is not an IPA), but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a pretty good beer. Nice job.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 10, 2011
Not a bad IPA, not a very complex one either. Pours a malty amber with hazy look. Nose is fruity yeast. Flavor is smooth but not very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - APR 8, 2011
Nice orange gold color. Good head and lacing. Nice foolal note. Clean hop attack and nice dry bitter finish. Yumm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2011 The pour is a translucent, coppery-amber with a canvas-colored, moderately full, fluffy, dense head which settles to a thin froth and leaves scattered, drippy lace. The nose is filled with wisps of alcohol but pleasant with spicy resins, toasty notes, light peachy citrus, and some leaves. The flavor is warm, honey sweetness, toasty bread, very spicy, very resinous, more than moderate bitterness, still peachy. The palate is okay - lively, medium to full, a bit syrupy and dry. The beer finishes slightly peachy, still warming with peppery spice, some resins, and toasty. I tried this three months ago and it was definitely young and dry. It still is quite average but much nicer than I had originally thought.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7945) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2011
22. Pours a hazy dark amber with bright toffee edges. Loose whitish head that hardly sticks around long enough to smear your lip. Nice peachy nose. Some pine under that. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Toast, caramel, and peach on the mid-palate. Mild sweet resin finish. Cant seem to decide if its going to display a bouquet of sweet delights or find a balance with a bittered finish. Could probably stand to go one way or the other if it wants to aspire to greatness, but, as is, shows no real flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (16622) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy golden orange. Nice aroma of grapefruits, citrus, and piney hops. Flavour is less appealing, with a syrupy body of cloyingly sweet caramel which has overtaken the hop profile. Not bad, though disappointing for the style.

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